Eric Bischoff was interviewed by Renee Paquette on “Oral Sessions” this week. Bischoff talked his brief return to WWE, why things ended the way they did and why he blames himself. He also compares WWE, AEW and WCW and he talks about true and false things said about him on Wikipedia.
Bischoff talking about being in the production meetings when he returned to WWE in 2019:
“I want to say this the right way. My first visceral reaction was this is a fuc*ing waste of a lot of time. You do not need all of those people in one large meeting. When you’re going through a format, I don’t need to know when a graphic is going to hit. The guys in the truck need to know that. They should have their own production meeting but they spend two hours going over that stuff, and you only really need about an hour tops, 45 minutes if you’re focused, to get through, and then to tie up all that staff who are not doing other things that they actually could be doing.”
He continued, “By the way, we worked on all that stuff during the week before we got to TV. It isn’t like this is the first time anybody’s ever seen this sh*t. Then you sit through that two hour, three hour, production meeting. While you’re sitting there starving because you haven’t had lunch yet, you’re watching Hunter and Vince pounding down filet mignon and sushi while you’re all sitting there sucking down warm coffee in a fu*king styrofoam cup. I felt that was a real waste of time. Then here’s the best part. Everybody does get to eat lunch. They go off and start doing the things that everybody thought they were assigned to do at the end of that prolonged luncheon for the McMahon family and its extended clan, and then you find out, oh, we’re tearing this sh*t up and we’re going to start all over again at 5 o’clock.”
Bischoff’s thoughts on what AEW can improve on:
“I would really like to see a more structured story formula because I’m seeing a lot of the same flaws in AEW’s approach to what is referred to as storytelling that really isn’t in terms of its structure and its discipline. The only bad thing about that is it’s leaving money on the table. You’re running through matches, but you’re not throwing any story on the wall that’s sticking in a way that’s growing the audience. That’s the hard part. How do you grow the audience? How do you satisfy an existing audience? That’s called preaching to the choir. You want to expand the congregation and attract people that otherwise would not be attracted to you. The only way to do that is with great stories and with great characters.”